Dog walker killed by falling tree branch in Liverpool

Emergency vehicles on Woolton Road near Black Woods
Image caption The man had been walking his dog in Black Woods near Woolton Road in Liverpool

A dog walker has been killed by a tree branch which fell during high winds in Liverpool.

The man, who was in his 60s, was walking in Black Wood near Woolton Road when he was struck at about 11:05 GMT, Merseyside Police said.

A police spokesman said the man, who was from the Liverpool area, has been formally identified and his next of kin have been informed.

Local residents have claimed the wood was poorly maintained.

Liverpool City Council passed condolences to the man's family and said the authority would "cooperate fully with any subsequent investigation".

Image caption Emergency crews were called to the scene shortly after 11:00 GMT

Phil Sorsky, who lives in nearby Wood View Road, said: "It's absolutely shocking. We've been on to the local authority. The trees have been neglected over the years.

"They have grown really high. There's one in front of our house which must be nearly 120 feet.

"They have said it won't fall because the roots are safe. It's nonsense. Any tree can fall."

A council spokesman said: "The council is shocked and saddened to hear of this death and all thoughts are with the gentleman's family and friends.

"The ancient woodland belongs to Liverpool City Council and the council will co-operate fully with any subsequent investigation."

Wood View Road was closed to traffic.

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